What an ending to this incredible saga that has lasted over 4 decades and for JJ Abrams to return to direct the latest instalment is only fitting. The expected global box office is 450 million dollars, estimating 200 million dollars in the US BO. The Rise of Skywalker marks the exit of the trilogy and the last big box office opening until 2021.
Not long after you have strapped yourself into your sit the action begins – all The Resistance gang are back in full force: with an appearance from the late Carries Fisher (Princess Liea). Fisher’s scenes are unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Fisher was set to play a bigger role and according to Abrams was not just added to for the sake of having her in it. In The Rise of Skywalker we see Liea helping Rey gain more confidence and become more powerful.
The main characters lead by Daisy Ridley’s heroine Rey, Oscar Isaac as (Poe), John Boyega as Finn, and Chewbacca make a formidable team as they face the Emperor Palpatine. Backed with the power and knowledge of the generations behind them, the final battle commences as they seek to join the clues that would lead them to the Emperor.
We see a conflicted Rey as her relationship with the dark side in the return of Ian McDiarmid’s Sith lord Emperor Palpatine (if you recall the Emperor was supposed to be killed by Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi) and with Adam Driver’s traumatised Kylo Ren, is explored. Abrams raises the question of who are Rey’s real parents.
Talking of returns Billy Dee William reprises his role as the charming Lando Calrissian. Brit girl Naomi Ackie makes her Star Wars debut as Jannah and is a bit of a love interest for Boyega as she joins in the fight.
In an attempt to exit the trilogy in style JJ Abrams give you an incredible cinematic journey filled with surprises, new characters, new and old locations and amazing stunts. The Star War fan base will not be disappointed.
The film is set for UK released at midnight on Thursday 19 December.